Jared Barnett is hoping that third time’s a charm as he officially departed from the Illinois State Redbirds earlier this week.
Barnett lost his starting job with the other ISU just two games into the season when he suffered a lower back injury against Eastern Illinois. Blake Winkler finished that game and started in the teams’ previous five games.
Considering that he left Iowa State because he wouldn’t be able to start with them, he ultimately seen enough with the Redbirds that he wouldn’t be a starter there either.
“He is no longer a part of our team,” ISU coach Brock Spack said. “He decided to move on. We’re going to help him in whatever direction he wants to go.”
Barnett’s totals with Illinois State were completing 27 of 48 attempts for 415 yards, three touchdowns, and five interceptions. He played well in the season-opening loss against Ball State, completing 20 of 29 passes for 282 yards and one touchdown.
He made a good impression early, but there wasn’t much wiggle room for Barnett. He remains another casualty from a player losing their job by suffering an injury.
Barnett hasn’t said where he plans to go next, or if he even decides to play football elsewhere.